Cambridge IGCSE Past Exam Papers

Cambridge IGCSE is being offered by Cambridge International Examination (CIE) board from The University of Cambridge.

*CIE (Cambridge International Examination board) has its name changed to CAIE (Cambridge Assessment International Education) since October 2017.*

* Note:

  • Updated up to October 2019 series past exam papers. YAY!
  • “Specimen Papers” would be available when there is a change of syllabus for that year. Otherwise, “Specimen Papers” would not be available when the syllabus stays the same.
  • As much as we would love to help, unfortunately, we do not have any grade 1 – grade 10 past exam papers.
  • Please read through all frequent asked questions at the comment section below before posting your queries to us.
  • DO NOT download the past papers at last minute. We strongly suggest you to download everything you need at least 4 months before the exam.


10,349 Replies to “Cambridge IGCSE Past Exam Papers”

  1. howdy IGCSE centre, happy to see you guys back! Anyways, here’s my question:
    I have taken physics and chemistry as sciences, and i have realised that i’m getting bad grades in MCQ.. Can you please tell me some tips/ways to get better at mcq for sciences?

    thank you!

    • Hello Vinod,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Here are some tips for you:
      – Work through the paper carefully. Do not miss out any question for any reason – you may then start placing your answers in the wrong places.

      – Do not attempt to look for any pattern or any lack of pattern in the answers. In other words, do not worry about how many questions have been answered A, B, C or D and do not worry about the distribution of As, Bs, Cs and Ds.

      – Be confident in answering the questions. When you are well-prepared, confidence will follow.

      You may also want to subscribe to our newsletter where we send out valuable FREE email courses. You will learn exam techniques & it will help you score A* in your exam.

    • Hello Surekha,

      CAIE gives out Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards to recognise exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations around the world.

      There are 5 awards category issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education. First is the ‘Top in the World’ which refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject. ‘Top in Country’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in your country for a single subject. ‘High Achievement’ is awarded to learners who have achieved outstanding results in subjects which are not so widely taken and which, under the current criteria, would not qualify for ‘Top in Country’ Awards. Learners who achieve the highest standard marks in Country in a particular subject will receive the award. ‘Top in Region’ awards are only recognised in Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. ‘Top in Region’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the region for a single subject. Lastly, the ‘Best Across’ award is issued to learners who have attained the first highest cumulative total standard marks in eight subjects.

    • Hello Dawood,

      Do not worry. There’s no maximum age in learning. 🙂

      If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to write to us.

    • I was 21 when I finished my igcse. I had to resit because I attained poor grades (mostly Ds and Es) in my previous igcse results. It took me some time to complete my secondary education but I made it. I finally completed igcse last year where I scored As and Bs. There’s no age limit when it comes to learning so don’t give up! 🙂

  2. Hi IGCSE Centre!
    I wanted to know if the 0417 (Information and Communication Technology) papers of 2003 are available somehow.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Anushka,

      Unfortunately, we do not have a copy of Information and Communication Technology (0417) 2003 papers. Furthermore, we do not suggest to revise past papers that are more than 10 years because the syllabus may be outdated already.

  3. Math(0580):
    I am giving my IGCSE Board (Feb-Mar series) this year and the Degree of accuracy thing is confusing me in the math(0580) papers.

    Each paper says:
    “If the degree of accuracy is not specified in the question, and if the answer is not exact, give the answer to three significant figures.”

    So what the ‘if the answer is exact’ exactly mean?
    Looking forward to a reply soon. Thank you for all your efforts, it will for sure help me out, and help me score the perfect 200/200 as these are the most common mistakes that steal away my marks.

    • Hello Abhijeet,

      Thank you for your kind words. The meaning of “if the answer is not exact” is that, if your answer is not equal to a whole number. For example, if your answer is 12.298, the answer should be given in three significant figures. Thus you should write your answer as 12.3.

      • Thanks a lot! Now I understand! Earlier I thought that if it is a terminating number then it is exact and if it is non-terminating then it is non-exact!! Thank you for your reply!!

  4. I am giving my IGCSE Board (Feb-Mar series) this year and the Degree of accuracy thing is confusing me in the math(0580) papers.

    Each paper says:
    “If the degree of accuracy is not specified in the question, and if the answer is not exact, give the answer to three significant figures.”

    So what the ‘if the answer is exact’ exactly mean?
    Looking forward to a reply soon. Thank you for all your efforts, it will for sure help me out, and help me score the perfect 200/200 as these are the most common mistakes that steal away my marks.

    • Hello Abhijeet,

      Thank you for your kind words. The meaning of “if the answer is not exact” is that, if your answer is not equal to a whole number. For example, if your answer is 12.298, the answer should be given in three significant figures. Thus you should write your answer as 12.3.

    • Hello Vaibhav,

      We do not have a fixed date as to when it will be available. It can be anytime after the results are released. Please kindly check our page from time to time. Thank you.

  5. igsce team so i am in eight standard and subject selection have came to so i am confused what to take which subjects to choose science bio chem phy
    or commerce BS ECO OR ACCOUNTS
    ICT OR EVM
    FLE OR ESL
    FRENCH OR GERMAN
    SO CAN YOU GIVE ME A ADVICE

    • Hello Vinam,

      What we can advice to you is to check the universities you have in mind and inquire about their subject and entry requirements in your chosen field of study. In this way, you have a 100% confirmation on the needed subjects.

      Hope this helps.

    • It depends, Vinam, on what you plan on doing in the future. If you want to take commerce then maybe you should do accounts and ICT. Business studies is quite interesting too, I’ve taken it myself (I’m giving my “board exam” in Feb). If you’re fluent in English then take FLE, if not then ESL. The foreign language is all on you, what you’d prefer learning.

      Honestly you should approach your administrator and ask him/her what subjects to choose, first say what you would like to do in the future and accordingly he/she might help you.

      🙂

    • Hello there,

      Unfortunately, we are still missing the audio files. We will upload them as soon as we get ahold of it. Please kindly check our page from time to time.

      We suggest that you practice with older past papers too. Thank you for your understanding.

    • Hi! The Listening paper transcript is available on a few sites. You could find it, and ask your parent or sibling to read it exactly in examination conditions else you can record yourself reading it and use it later! Hope this helps.

  6. Hi,
    My results will be released after 2 weeks and I’m bit scared can you explain to me how does caie works out our results?
    Thanks and Happy New Year.

        • Hello there,

          Please kindly wait for the page to load completely. Look for the subject and click on the “Plus” sign (+). Then choose the year and the examination series by clicking on the “Plus” sign (+). Lastly, click the papers that you need and it will automatically download on your end.

          If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to write to us again.

    • Hello Selvakumary,

      You are free to download the past papers on this page. Kindly look for the subject and click on the “Plus” sign (+). Then choose the year and the examination series by clicking on the “Plus” sign (+). Lastly, click the papers that you need and it will automatically download on your end.

      If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to write to us again.

  7. Hey IGCSE Centre!
    My exams are coming up and I am in a mess for Information and Communication Technology… It would be awesome if you guys could help me out with a bit of advice. Thanks!

  8. hi, I’m currently in year 10 and taking English – literature (0486) but the questions there are under Macbeth but we are reading Romeo and Juliet. is that the new syllabus and if so when would questions be available

    • Hello Gaurav,

      We suggest that you develop data handling techniques. Familiarise yourself with the variety of forms in which economic data can be presented. Learn to interpret statistical tables, understand trends and relationship, and illustrate diagram, and analyze graphs.

      Furthermore, always use the extract provided. Do not rely mainly on your general knowledge and understanding to answer some of these questions. While correct information may have been provided, it will not score any marks because the assessment objective is to make use of relevant information from the extract.

      Lastly, practice, practice and practice. Answering past papers help and you can learn from the mark scheme. Download the past papers here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/

    • Hi Anushka,

      Thank you for your kind words. We do not have a fixed date as to when will it be available but it can be anytime after the results are released.

  9. Hi igcse team,
    CAIE examiners are still marking our scripts for November 2019 series exam or they have finished marking and grading period, and when our results will be released to view it online?
    Thanks and wish me luck!

  10. Dear IGCSE team,
    Thank you for the risks you have taken for recovering the site.
    Can you tell me the ways for getting good grades in ICT,0417?

    • Hi Agnes,

      Thank you for appreciating our effort. The key to get good grades is to practice lots of past papers. It will help you familiarise with the question format. Start with the latest one and then continue with the older one date back from 5 to 10 years. You may download the past papers here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/

      We also suggest that you download the Examiner’s Report and study what are the needed points to gain marks. You could also learn the common mistakes candidates made during the exam.

  11. Dear IGCSE Centre Team,
    Thank you for all your hard work.
    I would like to ask you about the IGCSE Hindi as a Second Language March 2019 Listening Paper. The audio seems to be unavailable wherever I look. I was just curious as to why this has occurred. I have heard that the audio quality was not great, but I am unsure…

    Thanks and regards,
    D

    • Hello Dhruv,

      Thank you for your kind words. As of the moment, we are still looking for Hindi as a Second Language March 2019 audio files. We will upload them as soon as we get ahold of them. Kindly check our page from time to time. Thank you.

  12. hey igcse
    i am in x grade proceeding towards my igcse board exams
    i am almost done with my past papers
    so is it ok if i practice o-levels paper
    or it is not worth doing it..

    • Hi Kunj,

      IGCSE and O Level have slight differences in the syllabus, depending on the subjects. The style of the exam papers are different as well. We do not encourage to practise O Level papers, however, you are free to do so if you wish to proceed.

      We suggest that you do targeted revision. Take all your previous practices, and go through all the common mistakes that you normally make. This way you can learn what you did wrong and avoid them in your actual examinations.

      You might be interested in our Exam Model Answers. You can see what an A* answer looks like for the respective exam papers. Many students scored A* by copying the style of the answers. Please check them out here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/.

  13. Dear IGCSE Centre,
    When will the pre-release material for the May/June 2020 series of IGCSE Computer Science (0478) be available for students to view?

  14. Hi IGCSE team,
    I heard that the IGCSE examiners correct the essays very strictly and we need to be cautious about the word limit. If we exceed it they would cancel the lines after that and not bother to read ahead. I am taking english 0500 and french 0520. Should I concentrate more on the content or on the word limit?

    • Hello Supriya,

      For English First Language (0500), you will not be penalised if you exceed the word limit in an essay writing. However, you have to make sure you can finish all the writing on time. If you wrote under the word limit, chances are you did not provide enough points to answer the questions, and might end up getting a lower score.

      Our advice is not to write too much. Aim for quality rather than quantity. This means to focus more on writing excellent English rather than a long essay.

      On a side note, if you are writing a summary, DO NOT exceed the word limit. It is best to write a cohesive piece of writing, with ideas presented in a logical sequence. Use linking words and phrases to connect ideas.

      On the other hand for French as a Foreign Language (0520), the recommended word count for both Question 2 and Question 3 are not mandatory; candidates should not feel obliged to remove significant detail in order to meet the word count. However, answers to Question 3 in excess of 200 words are inappropriate and in this instance candidates should be advised to be more selective. Kindly download the Examiner Report here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/

      Hope this helps.

  15. Dear IGCSE Centre team,
    I would like to ask about IGCSE ICT Paper 1 (Theory). In ‘Discuss’ questions, our teacher and various mark schemes have stated that 1 mark is for a reasoned conclusion. But I am not aware on how to write the conclusion. The mark scheme does not specify this. So what should I do next?

    • Hi Dhruv,

      Upon checking the Examiner’s Report, discuss question requires more detailed answers covering both advantages and disadvantages. This type of question is looking for comparisons between the two methods rather than descriptions. In order to achieve high marks on these types of question candidates needed to read the scenario then give answers related to it. The examiners awarded a mark for giving a reason for the method used in the form of a conclusion.

      We suggest that you download the Examiner’s Report from here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/ then study what are the needed points to gain marks. You could also learn the common mistakes candidates made during the exam.

  16. Hi,
    I have a question regarding English 0500.
    While going through the marking scheme for a paper 1 summary writing, i encountered the following remark-
    “If a candidate lists more than one point per line,they cannot receive marks for both even if they are right.”
    Therefore,
    I did not understand what this point clearly because will the size of the handwriting matter?.
    So please could you explain this point to me.
    Your help with be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Bob,

      The meaning of “one point per line” is the content of your writing. This means that you will not earn marks if you do more than what is required. We suggest that you answer directly the question and keep within the word limit. For more tips, kindly read this article: https://www.igcsecentre.com/how-to-write-a-summary/#. You may also be interested with our exam model answers. Our model answers will show you what is an A* answer is like for the writing questions/exercises: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

      Lastly, the most important thing is to write legibly. The size of your handwriting doesn’t matter. As long as it clear and easy to read.

      Hope this helps.

        • Hi Devi,

          First of all, take a deep breath and relax. This article will help you: http://www.igcsecentre.com/how-to-handle-your-stress-when-exam-is-approaching/.

          You must put your mind on answering your paper, not stressing. When you concentrate on one thing, your mind can’t think of another thing. Believe in yourself and your abilities.

          Furthermore, we suggest that you use a pencil and if you still have time, double check your answers and compare your answers from the booklet and the OMR sheet.

          You may want to subscribe to our newsletter where we send out valuable FREE email courses. You will learn exam techniques & it will help you score A* in your exam.

      • Sir i recently also posted you my another doubt about igcse coordinated science paper 2 and how to solve it , please igcse centre i request you to again check in your database or else i have to write that long doubt again ,please help meee!!

        • Hi Devi,

          First of all, take a deep breath and relax. This article will help you: http://www.igcsecentre.com/how-to-handle-your-stress-when-exam-is-approaching/.

          You must put your mind on answering your paper, not stressing. When you concentrate on one thing, your mind can’t think of another thing. Believe in yourself and your abilities.

          Furthermore, we suggest that you use a pencil and if you still have time, double check your answers and compare your answers from the booklet and the OMR sheet.

          You may want to subscribe to our newsletter where we send out valuable FREE email courses. You will learn exam techniques & it will help you score A* in your exam.

          • First of all thank you very much for your coordination . Secondly,my real doubt was, if bychance in igcse coordinated science paper 2 while copying my answers from the booklet into my OMR sheet i fill the wrong circle in the OMR sheet despite having ticked the correct answer in the booklet, what could then i do to correct my answer in the OMR sheet.
            I would be very very thankful to you if you answer my last doubt

          • First of all thank you very much for your coordination . Secondly,my real doubt was, if bychance in igcse coordinated science paper 2 while copying my answers from the booklet into my OMR sheet i fill the wrong circle in the OMR sheet inspite having ticked the correct answer in the booklet, what could then i do to correct my answer in the OMR sheet.
            I would be very very thankful to you if you answer my last doubt

            • Hello Devi,

              OMR are marked automatically by the computer. As such, follow what we advice before. Use pencil and double check you answers.

              Believe in yourself and your abilities.

    • Hello Devi,

      Paper 6 or the Alternative to Practical paper is simply an alternative mode of assessment to Practical examination paper. It requires the same kind of practical work in preparation as the Practical Examination paper. The syllabus ( http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/ ) makes it clear, in the Aims, the Assessment Objectives and Practical Assessment sections, that the course should be thought practically and that candidates should have experience of doing (rather than merely seeing) experimental work. The Alternative to Practical paper assess the practical skills, including both data handling and familiarity with standard laboratory equipment.

      Here are some tips for you:

      – As with all exams it is essential that you read practical exam papers very carefully. You must follow the instructions on the paper so that you do the correct experiments and record the correct observations. If the question tells you to record results or observations in a certain place you must record them in that place.

      – Do not panic if the context of the practical experiment appears unfamiliar. Where appropriate the question paper will tell you exactly what to do and how to do it.

      – If you find yourself in real difficulty setting up your practical equipment you may ask your supervisor for help. You will only lose one or two marks for this.

      Hope this helps.

  17. Hi,
    Please can you help me out as i am using a software called kompozer to do html in ict paper 3.Can i know if im allowed to use this in my igcse’s.
    Your help will be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Bob,

      In the practical tests, candidates are able to use a WYSIWYG editor but they must be able to edit HTML manually and have a limited understanding of HTML.

      Alternatively, you may want to contact CAIE directly for confirmation regarding this matter. You can write them here: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/

  18. Dear IGCSE Centre,
    I would like to ask three queries pertaining to IGCSE FLE (0500):
    1. Is there any particular website or source where Cambridge generally obtains its passages from?
    2. Are there any resources, other than the specimen papers, for the 2020 examinations?
    3. Are there any categories based on which passages are chosen for examination papers?

  19. Dear IGCSE Team,
    For IGCSE First Language English, our school textbook has chapters in terms of things such as Travel or Health, etc. Are these themes of the textbook the same themes IGCSE uses in FLE?
    Also, the Specimen Papers of 2020 are the only resource of the new Paper 1 pattern for March 2020 examinations… is there anyway we can practise for it otherwise?

    Thanks and regards.

    • Hello Dhruv,

      Schools usually choose textbooks that are suitable for IGCSE syllabus. You may see the indication on your textbooks. Otherwise, please kindly consult your teacher/school.

      English First Language will not have the Core syllabus from year 2020. All candidates now have access to grades A*-G. You may use the Extended past exam papers of year 2019 as your practices. As for the new Reading paper format, unfortunately the Specimen paper is the only resource available to reflect how the actual exam paper would be in the year 2020.

    • Hello Cypher,

      Thank you for writing in. We do not have Checkpoint exams. Checkpoint exam is only available in Cambridge School for schooled candidates. If you are a private candidate, this exam is not applicable to you, as it is not available for private candidate. However, if you are a schooled candidate and if your school is a registered Cambridge School, you must abide to your school’s Checkpoint exam procedures.

    • Hello Abby,

      You are very much welcome. MP3 files are also uploaded together with the past papers. Please let us know which listening files you need.

      • Hi, IGCSE Centre. I have my IGCSE Hindi Mock Exam tomorrow. Please post the listening track for 2019 Feb-March. Thank you in advance. Please do so soon as I need to start studying.

        Warm Regards

        • Hello Krish,

          Unfortunately, we are still missing the audio files at the moment. We will keep updating the past exam papers. Do check the page from time to time. Thank you for your understanding.

  20. hey, if i write my working on a seperate page in a maths papers(the additional page) , will it still be corrected. meaning that are the additional pages scanned and corrected

    • Hello Avanea,

      Do not worry. Any blank pages that are used by a candidate in the examinations are scanned and marked as long as you properly label it.

  21. Woah! The past papers are back! Thank you for your hard work, team 🙂 I’ll definitely be ordering the A* model answers soon now

  22. Hi, do you have any tips for English as a 1st language? it would be really great if u could share some insight bcos I’m very worried about my English paper.

    • Hi Joseph,

      First of all, relax. Make sure you’re well rested before you sit for an examination. Then, do targeted revision. Revise on the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Read and annotate your textbook for the questions you got wrong. This is because you won’t have much time to go through the whole textbook. Then, re-do those questions you got wrong.

      At this point of time, you shouldn’t rush to practice lots of past exam papers. This would stress you out. Just take all your previous practices, and go through all the common mistakes that you normally make. Go through them with a calm mind, and not beat yourself up for the mistakes that you had done. Take deep breath.

      Here are some tips for you:

      Every word counts. Our suggestion is not to write too much. Aim for quality rather than quantity. This means to focus more on writing excellent English rather than a long essay. On a side note, if you are writing a summary – DO NOT exceed the word limit.

      Kindly read this article to help you with your writing: http://www.igcsecentre.com/9-powerful-tips-to-score-in-writing/
      http://www.igcsecentre.com/how-to-write-a-summary/

      You may also check out our A* model answers here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/. Many candidates scored A* by simply copying the style of the answers in their exams.

  23. Could please tell me a method through which I can install all the past papers for a particular subject without downloading each paper individually.Thank you

  24. Hello,
    My business studies exam are coming up in 20 days..
    On this 20 days help me with some tips to score well in business.
    Thank you and wish me luck!

    • Hello Jassim,

      Here are some tips for you:

      Read the command word carefully. This will help you know exactly what you need to do for each question. Make sure you answer the question set and do not waste time developing points if knowledge is all that is required. Some questions will relate to just knowledge, where you need to show wider knowledge of a topic. Other questions will ask to apply your knowledge to the scenario.

      There are questions that will require you to use your knowledge and understanding to explain your answer and put your answer in context. You need to develop points and use the information from the scenario to help support the points you make. Explain why, don’t just describe. For example, show why something is an advantage, and not simply that it is. And for questions that ask you to make a decision or judgement using questions such as do you think, recommend, or justify, explain your decision by comparing factors, options or different points of view to give a balanced explanation.

      Hope this helps.

  25. hi igcse please could you add the feature of downloading the full folders instead of just one – one file, it takes a lot of time

    please helpppppp

    • Hi Devi,

      If you know, our library of resources was unavailable for a few months due to false reporting. We worked day and night to fix this but to no avail.

      And now, we’ve finally managed to build a new platform to make our library of resources available again. As much as we would like to add a bulk download feature, the new platform does not support it. We hope you understand.

  26. Hello. I have my English as a second language examination tomorrow, and I just wanted to confirm if it’s okay to use highlighters on the insert. It helps me keep track of all my points. So, is it okay to use a highlighter?

  27. Hi there,
    i have done my igcse in biology (0610) chemistry(0620) and physics (0625).
    can u plz tell me if i can give my exams for combine science (0653) and Co-ORD science (double award)(0654)
    i will be waiting for ur reply soon .
    thanks

    • Hello Aaliya,

      We’ve checked on our end and it is working. We suggest that you do not right click, just click the paper that you need and it will be automatically downloaded at your side. Thank you.

  28. when ever i try to open one of the links on this page it keeps saying content protected. i would like to download the 2019 past papers as my finals are this month. i would have downloaded the papers earlier like the note givven in the beginning of this page but every time i checked the website was down. so could you pleasetell me how i can download the papers.

    • Hi there,

      You should just use the normal ball point pen. NOT fountain pen (the ink-typed). Fountain pen might cause lots of mess if your hand press on any part of your writing.

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